Australia-based Tritium, a provider of electric vehicle (EV) DC fast-charging technology, has announced the next phase of its expansion in the Americas with the appointment of its first president for the region.
Jeff Wolfe has joined the company to drive the strategic expansion and deployment of Tritium’s technology. In the newly created role, Wolfe will drive business across the Americas, with an initial focus on the U.S.
Wolfe joins Tritium with more than 20 years’ experience in the energy and cleantech industries. In 1998, he founded Vermont-based groSolar, a national solar company, and he has also held senior leadership roles at Just Energy and Shell.
“The Americas’ EV market is steadily developing; however, industry continues to navigate challenges around infrastructure and the limited ability to meet the needs of organizations and consumers with existing Level 2 chargers, which cap charging speeds to 7 kW,” says David Finn, CEO and co-founder of Tritium.
“Tritium is focused on eliminating this public anxiety by working as the technology partner of key industry stakeholders to build out rapid DC charging – known as Level 3 – reflecting vastly improved speeds,” Finn continues.
Commenting on his appointment, Wolfe says, “The EV market is growing quickly across North America as the electrification of transportation moves forward.
“Several factors will trigger the adoption surge. We already see an increased pull from legislators and regulators in many states who are creating programs, incentives and regulatory realignment. Additionally, an influx of new vehicles will become available, increasing consumer choice and appeal. Finally, lower-cost EVs will emerge, opening the market to new demographics.
“These factors all combine to make the switch from gasoline-fueled vehicles economically viable for most organizations and consumers. With its proven DC fast-charging technology, backed by a strong company culture, Tritium has proven to be a prominent player in the transition to EVs.”
In February 2017, Tritium opened its first U.S. office – which doubles as a research and development center – in Torrance, Calif., and has since grown to a team of 20 across the nation and more than 300 globally.
In 2018, Gilbarco Veeder-Root, a Fortive Corp. business, took a minority investment in Tritium.